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Roger James Evanish, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1931
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 6, 2011
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) on May 7, 2011:

Roger J. Evanish, Sr., 79, of Oakdale, died Friday, May 6, 2011, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Universal, Pa., a son of the late George and Anna (Yenets) Evanish.

Mr. Evanish was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and was an Army veteran. He was a member of the SNPJ Universal Comets Lodge #715 where he served as secretary for 40 years. He was also a licensed insurance agent with SNPJ, a past national board member and the chairman of the SNPJ Heritage Center, and was also member of the C.F.U.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ann (Stepek) Evanish; children, Alison Evanish of Va., Karen Urban of Colo., Jamie Evanish of Penn Hills, Joe Evanish of South Fayette; grandchildren, Megan Manning, Alyssa and Trevor Urban, Carly and Jack Evanish; brother, Leonard (Eva) Evanish of Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Evanish; and sister, Margaret Kevicki.

Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 305 Main St., Imperial, Patrick Konieczny, owner/supervisor. A Blessing Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SNPJ Scholarship Fund, 247 West Allegheny Rd., Imperial, PA 15126.

Published in the SNPJ Prosveta on Jun. 29, 2011:

The Slovene National Benefit Society regrets to announce the May 6, 2011, passing of former National Board member, SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center Committee Chairman and longtime Universal, Pa., Lodge 715 Secretary Bro. Roger J. Evanish, 79, of Oakdale, Pa. He was the father of SNPJ National President Joseph C. Evanish.

Bro. Evanish was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Universal, the son of George and Anna Evanish. After graduating from Penn Hills High School and serving in the U.S. Army, Bro. Evanish forged ahead with quite an industrious life. He retired after 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service, and for 20 of those years he was a licensed football, basketball and baseball official with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). His numerous stories about officiating at varsity football games always brought warm laughter to his entire family.

Roger boasted many talents that helped him support his family, stay fit and bring pleasure to his active life. He remodeled family homes, enjoyed recreational photography, practiced ad layout and was a skilled sign painter. Over the years, his ad layout skills were put to good use for many SNPJ program brochures and ad books. Many signs at the SNPJ Recreation Center, including the SNPJ emblems on the barn and pool as well as the "Balinarena" sign, were painted by Roger.

Artwork, including oil painting, was one of Bro. Evanish's many passions. A lover of music, he enjoyed playing the button box accordion. To say he was an avid golfer would be an understatement; golf was a huge passion throughout his entire life. In recent years he enjoyed being part of the Imperial SNPJ Golf Coupon League. He was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union.

Roger and his family were involved with the Universal Comets Lodge 715 community for many years. He participated in their shuffleboard league, his wife was a Youth Circle director, and their five children were active members of the Circle and spent many summer vacations at the SNPJ Recreation Center during "Universal Week."

Along with simply enjoying summer weekends at the Rec Center with his wife, Ann, Bro. Evanish was often involved with organizing SNPJ activities. He helped organize many bowling and golf tournaments, Lodge 715 Comets Club events, as well as basketball and softball teams for the Lodge. It was a common sight at Lodge-sponsored dances to see Roger and Ann on the dance floor for a polka, waltz or a nearly perfect choreographed jitterbug. Needless to say, and by far, he found the most joy in times spent with his five grandchildren. Roger shared his many talents with family and friends, and will be memorialized by those who continue to display and share these talents and gifts.

Bro. Evanish served as Universal Comets Lodge 715 secretary for the past 40 years. As a licensed life insurance producer exclusively for the Society, he was a top SNPJ producer for many years, winning numerous campaign awards and trips, and enrolling hundreds, if not thousands, of new SNPJ members. This past year he helped Lodge 715 achieve Superstar Status. He also spent six years as an area manager for the SNPJ Insurance Department.

In addition to his service to his Lodge, he was a past president of the Western Pennsylvania English-Speaking Federation of SNPJ Lodges. He also served on SNPJ National Convention committees and was elected to the SNPJ National Board. Bro. Evanish served on the board as Region 3 Vice President from 1979-1982 and on the Supervisory Committee from 1984-1987.

For the past 20 years, Roger served on the SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center Committee. He was selected as its chairman in 1996 and continued in this capacity until his passing. He was very passionate about the museum and spent countless days during the winter months of the off-season designing, preparing, constructing and rearranging displays for a fresh look each season. He led the committee through some innovations, especially during and after the Heritage Center construction in 2001. A key improvement was the automated audio tour guide for the museum.

In many ways, Bro. Evanish contributed greatly to the growth and success of his Lodge and the Society. Most impressively, and invaluably to the Society, he was a top-10 producer in new members and insurance sales for all of his 40 years as an SNPJ producer, and often the number one SNPJ producer. Additionally, his volunteer efforts at the Heritage Center successfully enhanced the perpetuation and promotion of the Slovenian culture and SNPJ history.

Bro. Evanish is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Ann (Stepek) Evanish; two daughters, Alison Evanish of Va. and Karen Urban of Colo.; two sons, Jamie Evanish of Universal and Joseph Evanish of McDonald, Pa.; a brother, Leonard (Eva) Evanish; and his grandchildren, Meghan (Ante Jelcic) Manning Jelcic, Alyssa and Trevor Urban, and Carly and Jack Evanish. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Kevicki; and a son, Michael Evanish.

Services for Bro. Evanish were held May 14 in Imperial with interment at Plum Creek Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations be made to the SNPJ Scholarship Fund. 
Family links: 
  George J. Evanish (1894 - 1977)
  Anna R. Yenets Evanish (1900 - 1990)
  Michael George Evanish (1961 - 2009)*
  Margaret Evanish Kevicki (1917 - 2006)*
  Roger James Evanish (1931 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Note: He was interred on May 14, 2011.
Plum Creek Cemetery
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 50, Grave 1
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Record added: May 07, 2011
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